Fox Guarding Henhouse in South Africa
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  • Luke Lea

    @ “The world needs for South Africa to succeed.”

    Indeed. It is a test case.

  • Rollory

    “The world needs for South Africa to succeed”

    because … because why?

    Because if it doesn’t, it might disprove antiracism, that’s why.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @rollery: both ugly and wrong. A successful South Africa can help build solid and prosperous democracies throughout its region, improving the lives of tens of millions of people made in God’s image.

  • Anthony

    “South Africa’s political leaders need to raise their game” and the world should accept nothing less – cronyism, incompetence, ethocentrism, corruption, etc. have no ethnic tolerance (Democracy is hard); President Zuma avoided constraining charges before his election and indicators signaled to South Africans who they were electing as their representative to world. Nevertheless, South Afica’s geo-position is strategically important to modern commerce and she can ill afford brain drain as well gloomy global prospects. I hope she rights herself and addresses corrosive corruption inter alia.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    African Culture in the most backward on Earth. Despite the example provided by Western colonies, African Culture has advanced very little, and I’m sure many Africans wish they were still colonies.
    This just proves what I say that “Cultures evolve with glacial speed” and they generally need to learn the hard way, in that “the burnt hand teaches best”.
    Egypt is a case in point, having just overwhelmingly elected Islamic representatives; Egyptians will now learn why separation of Mosque and State is so important. It is a lesson they, like all Islamic nations must learn, and I am hopeful they can learn it in 20 or 30 years. I think the Iranian Culture has now learned the lesson, and is now gathering itself for the next step. While the Turkish Culture which had separation of Mosque and State imposed on it by Ataturk, and therefore didn’t learn the lesson the hard way, is taking a step backward.
    From my view point, political leadership can’t accelerate cultural evolution by very much, and it is leadership failures/mistakes that teach the culture the most. Like people, it’s our mistakes which we learn the most from, while those things we are doing right, require no corrections.

  • On the plus side, the ANC finally pushed Malema out. He was being groomed as a successor to Zuma, but he went way too far.

  • Rollory,

    Durban is the busiest port in Africa, and almost all the other major African ports are in South Afric:

    Johannesburg’s suburb of Sandton is the richest square mile the Southern Hemisphere.

    If South Africa collapses, it will pull most of sub-Saharan Africa down with it (it that area is already pretty down).

  • ErisGuy

    “An estimated 20% (R30bn) of the country’s procurement budget is siphoned off by corruption, cronyism and incompetence.”

    I’ll make the snark: we should wish for a government so efficient here. I’ll bet at least 20% of our federal budget is lost to the same causes, which are labelled bailouts and grants (cronyism), fannie and freddie et. al. (corruption), and grants to the UN, NGOs, foreign governments (incompetence).

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